Tuatara Double Trouble - Tuatara Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
In continuing my tradition of having insane-massive-colossal brews for my milestone reviews: #400 - Tuatara Double Trouble*. At only 9% ABV it seems like a bit of a lightweight after #350 (the 15.4% Moon Dog Jumping The Shark) and #250 (the 19.3% Mikkeller 黑牛) however this brew holds its own claim to insanity - 167 IBUs. That's right at 167 IBUs this will be THE bitterest beer my poor taste buds have ever encountered. Pray for my tongue.
Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: Hazy amber body with a light chalk dusting of lace on top, at 9% ABV of course we don't expect much of that fancy head stuff.
S: Surprisingly not that hoppy, there appears to be a big honeyed malt base containing the beast. The label proclaims: "so many hop varieties..." It doesn't smell like there's many hop varieties, it's a US pine/citric orientated aroma. Earthy and musty notes detected on a 2nd whiff. Ok there's a touch of herbal cannabis as well... and floral hops too, yes there are many hops, I was wrong, happy now Tuatara?
T: No way this is 167 IBU - it can't be. It's hardly the bitterest brew I've ever had. It's simply a well-balanced and complex DIPA... it's great! Each sip brings out another hop flavour balanced perfectly that honeyed malt base: Pine/citrus (grapefruit), earthy, floral (lavender), cannabis resin, hints of tropical fruit (pineapple) finishing with a medicinal hop bitterness.
M: Mid to heavy, oily from all those hops, with a light carbonation.
D: So instead of wrestling an insane-massive-colossal hop brew to the floor I ended up getting a totally unexpected tasty DIPA... I was thrown out by how easy to drink this Ale is but make no mistake, even as I write I can feel the 9% ABV coursing through my veins, and the hops have driven me to a state of hop bliss. If I have one critique of this it does favour American hops more than the awesome hops coming out of NZ, it needs those great tropical fruit/vinous hops that you get from NZ.
Food match: For the hop-monster that isn't really a monster but a lovely chap overall I would recommend a pulled pork sandwich, chicken al fresco and lobster tails steamed in beer (all with the appropriate sides).
*I originally noticed this brew due to the 3D glasses attached to the bottle - excellent marketing Tuatara!
08-07-2014 08:26:57 | More by doktorhops
British Columbia (Canada)
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured into an IPA glass from a bottle picked up for about $9 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC. Came with some funky red-blue 3d glasses.
Full hop blast on the nose when pouring. Comes out a clear light copper color. Smells delicious, Big citra-hop aromas.
First sip: Whoa. Huge hops, big flavors of grapefruit and citrus, but balanced with a bit of malty sweetness. The bitterness is there, and strong, but somehow not overwhelming.
I've had much lower IBU beers that were much more abrasive than this. Overall I'm really impressed with it. Quite delicious.
04-19-2014 21:35:43 | More by RedSunRising
3.94/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured from the large format bottle into an English pub glass. I never got no 3-D glasses. Oh well. A dark orange-amber color, just shy of red, with an initially huge white head that quickly collapsed into a more manageable size that from there forward retained its form very well. Aroma evokes perfumed tropical fruit first and foremost, sweet and rather spicy pineapple, with some caramel malt, grapefruit rind, and pine also apparent. Classic Kiwi hop smell. Taste is a veritable fruit bowl, white grapes, canned peaches, pears, lychee, pineapple, papaya, mango. Far less citrus than most American DIPAs although I do detect some grapefruit. Rather sweet from a malt standpoint, featuring brown sugar and honey flavors along with a campfire marshmallow note. The IBU rating is massive but the beer is amazingly sweet nonetheless. Moderate carbonation and a very syrupy thick body. The beer avoids becoming cloying thanks to a strong pine that starts off almost non-existent but builds up to fairly aggressive levels by the end. This brewery continues to impress me, avoiding some of the excesses of American craft (e.g., stupid exotic ingredients that don't add anything all that interesting to a beer's flavor profile, ignoring traditional styles) while capturing unique Kiwi hop flavors in technically sound, approachable offerings. This is one of their biggest and baddest (and sweetest).
04-13-2014 02:09:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
British Columbia (Canada)
3.94/5 rDev -5.5%
Tuatara Brewing 'Double Trouble' @ 9.0% , served from a 'limited release' 650 ml bottle purchased for $7.50 with supplied 3D glasses , cool label ; )
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-piney resin dominates the intial smell
T-piney resin start
MF-ok/good carbonation , double full body , oops still wearing these 3D Glasses
Ov-ok/good beer , decent Imperial IPA
12-31-2013 07:47:31 | More by LampertLand
4.61/5 rDev +10.6%
My absolute favourite beer from my stint in NZ. Unfortunately I didn't find it until shortly before leaving the country. I am still trying to find a way to get this in the US.
Appearance- A standard light to medium coloured IPA. The white head is about 1.5 fingers thick and dissipates slowly to leave nice lacing.
Smell- A fantastically fruity aroma- dominated by hoppy citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, with some more tropical fruits in the background. Pine and honey round it out.
Taste- The citrus and pine notes carry through to the flavour, giving a nice dry bitterness. There is some tropical and honey-like sweetness as well to balance the hops.
Mouthfeel- A bit thicker than I'm used to, but it is quite pleasant
Overall- As I mentioned, this was my favourite beer in NZ, along with the Tuatara APA, and Epic Hop Zombie. A must have if you visit NZ!
10-08-2013 02:47:45 | More by Cheld
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
Appearance - Pours a light copper with two fingers of foamy white head.
Smell - Citrus hops, caramel malts, tropical fruit, pine resin.
Taste - Bold citrus and pine hops along with a sweet caramel malt to support. Tropical fruits and pine resin also shine through. Nice constant bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit of pleasant stickiness.
Overall - A stellar Imperial IPA by Tuatara. So glad I got my hands on this bottle - great bitterness to sweetness ratio. 9% ABV is certainly hidden in my opinion. And you can't go wrong with a pair of retro 3-D glasses included with the bottle!
09-15-2013 02:31:49 | More by leaddog
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev -14.1%
A: cloudy orange amber liquid with 1/4" cream colored head that dissipated quickly.
S: Sweet malt, honey, pineapple and lemon.
T: Pineapple, lemon, lime peel, pepper, leather, aspirin, and an alcohol bite on the back end.
M: medium to thick syrupy viscosity, low carbonation and some drying from the alcohol.
O: Kind of a mess, this beer is syrupy, over hopped and finishes with an alcohol bite. Kind of like a poor mans Lagunitas Sucks.
09-02-2013 22:50:08 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
This is an aggressive beer.
Pours a lovely filtered light golden/copper. Great head and lacing.
Smell is masses of pine, citrus, honeysuckle, tropical fruits, floral notes. This beer has a really ripping citrus character. What's another adjective for the nose? Pliny-esque.
Taste is mostly sweet honeymalt, honeysuckle with a hoppy marmalade backdrop. Has a real dryness to it but that dryness definitely leans in favour of hops over alcohol. And there is so much citrus happening on the palate.
The tasteful thickness of it- decent but not overwhelmingly resiny. Then again I've had it for a while. Really dry and bitter and those hops linger in your mouth if you let them.
Surprise, surprise, Tuatara makes an awesome beer. Just night and day when you compare this to something like Feral's Tusk- this is a legitimate rival to US DIPAs. Shows how close NZ is to the US and how far ahead of Aus it is with its IPAs.
The DIPA you want to take home to meet your mum. Brewed to perfection.
05-17-2013 10:00:20 | More by danieelol
3.6/5 rDev -13.7%
Pours dark amber with a small head.
Very fruity aroma but also a lot of sweet clean malt. Some booze. Caramel, pine and resinous hops dominate.
Very aggressive flavours, with a big hoppy bitterness throughout. A fair bit of clean sweet malt as well, but the resinous, grapefruity hop bitterness wins out.
Nice moderate carbonation.
The bitterness seems to sharp and aggressive.
05-14-2013 02:40:00 | More by CrazyDavros
Tuatara Double Trouble from Tuatara Brewing Co.
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